Tartu: Smart Street Lighting Network

Smart street lighting network installed in the City Centre of Tartu

22 Jan 2018

In December, the City of Tartu replaced 320 existing sodium lights in the city centre area of Tartu with energy efficient LED lighting. The new lighting together with the traffic and environmental sensors form a smart street lighting network.

Energy efficient street lighting was installed along Pepleri, Pargi, Kuperjanovi, Õpetaja, Tiigi, Vanemuise, Aida, Lao, Kalevi, Tähe, W. Struve, Akadeemia, Kitsas, Soola, Lille, Vallikraavi, Filosoofi, Lootuse, Kastani, Veski, Kooli, A. Haava and Näituse Street, all located within the pilot area of the project.

 Cityntel OÜ installed control units in all of the lighting, allowing for the operation of the lighting to be organised remotely.

 ‘The updated street lighting will allow for a saving of up to 70 per cent on electricity, while at the same time the streets in question will also be more evenly lit than before. Sensors will allow for the lighting to be controlled based on actual traffic and environmental conditions, thereby enabling the efficient use of energy’, explained Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm.

 The refurbishment of the street lighting was performed by Leonhard Weiss Energy AS. The total cost of the works was over 100,000 EUR. Part of it was financed from the city budget and part of it was funded by the European Commission in the framework of SmartEnCity project.

During the course of SmartEnCity , an energy efficient city district operating based on smart solutions will be created from the Khrushchyovkas located in the city centre of Tartu. One of the project’s main activities involves the renovation of Soviet Era apartment buildings into nearly zero-energy buildings. The smart city district will also employ innovative solutions in district heating, street lighting, the use of renewable energy and mobility.